When is a bargain not a bargain?

United States
January 8, 2007 7:24am CST
I think that usually something free is a bargain. However, sometimes, low-cost items aren't really a bargain. This is especially true if they are cheaply made. Sometimes a better-made product that costs more is the real bargain.
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@tbomb2002 (269)
• United States
8 Jan 07
I have to agree with you. It's not a bargain if it's a low quality item that is just priced low. The things I like to think of as bargains are the items that I find marked 50% off or more. If it is marked less then 50%, I would consider it a good sale, but not necessarily a bargain. That's just me though, I am sure some people would disagree and consider even 20-30% off a bargain. I am a bit more frugal.
• United States
8 Jan 07
I think that you have a good perspective on bargain hunting. I don't have a fixed percentage in my mind, but definitely I look for good deals. I really like it when you can use a coupon on items that are on sale. Obviously, only on items you need. I like to meet other frugal people!
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• United States
10 Jan 07
Using coupons are a definite bonus if you can find something on sale and then use the coupon on top of it! One of the stores I like to find bargains at is Bed, Bath and Beyond, because you can then use your 20% off coupons too (and those things never expire, plus you can use more then one)!
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@janet069 (663)
• United States
9 Jan 07
A bargain is not a bargain if you spend money on something you don't need anyway just because it is cheap or on sale.
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• United States
15 Jan 07
I agree.
@shirgie (230)
• United States
8 Jan 07
It is true that a better made product, costing more can be the true bargain. Of course, that doesn't mean if you pay more, that you are getting more. So how are we to tell if we are really getting value for our money? I don't have the answer or I would be much richer. I think we should always go with quality on items of lasting importance. To ensure we are getting quality, I suppose we have to depend on recommendations, our own experiences, careful inspection of items and reading consumer reports probably wouldln't hurt anything either.
• United States
10 Jan 07
I think that we do need to be aware of the value of the item. Sometimes things are just made shoddily. When we were growing up, something made in Taiwan was automatically considered cheaply made. Odd how times change.
@suscan (1955)
• United States
15 Jan 07
I like to get a bargain,but I think you are right,some low cost items have to be replaced more often,and in the end it costs you more
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@suscan (1955)
• United States
15 Jan 07
I like to get a bargain,but I think you are right,some low cost items have to be replaced more often,and in the end it costs you more
• United States
15 Jan 07
I agree with respondant #5 in that if you don't need it, it isn't a bargain. But, I've also found that if you buy the second or third cheapest of a particular item that you need, you won't be disappointed. I've found that you often get what you paid for if you buy the one that is the cheapest. When I was in college, I used to buy the cheapest backpack and would have to buy a new one each semester. But, when I decided to spend a small amount more one time, I didn't need a new one for the rest of my college career. In fact, I still have that not-so-cheap backpack. But, if you need something and can't afford anything but the cheapest, that's another matter.
• India
10 Jan 07
A bargain which is done for a product which is from our relatives shop.......